Health, Nutrition and Safety

Required Immunizations for Head Start

Type of Vaccine 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP)
Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP)
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
Haemophilus influnzae type b (Hib)
Varicella (Chickenpox)
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)
Hepatitis B (hep B)
Hepatitis A (hep A)
  • Your child may have already received their second dose of MMR and/or Varicella.
  • If your child did not receive the Hib vaccination until after they were 15 months old, only 1 dose is required.

Meals and Snacks

Head Start serves meals and snacks at no cost to our families. Children and teachers eat together in a family style meal setting. Children in morning centers eat breakfast and lunch. Children in afternoon centers eat lunch and afternoon snack. Children in Home Base classes eat breakfast or a snack at School Time. Foods served are high in nutrients and low in saturated fat, sugar, and salt. Accommodations are made for families with dietary restrictions based on religious or cultural beliefs or for children with specific medical dietary restrictions.

Menus are posted in the classrooms each month. The meals and snacks served in Head Start are based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and recommendations made by the National Academy of Medicine and American Academy of Pediatrics.  MVAC is a sponsor agency of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Health Nutrition Safety MNVAC

Dentists and Healthcare Providers

45 CFR: 1302.42

The Federal Head Start Performance Standards requires that our program obtain from a health care and oral health care professional, a determination as to whether the child is up-to-date on a schedule of age appropriate preventive and primary medical and oral health care. Such a schedule must incorporate the requirements for a schedule of well-child visits and dental periodicity visits utilized by the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program of the Medicaid agency of the State in which they operate, and the latest immunization recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and any additional recommendations from the local Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC) that are based on prevalent community health problems.

Healthcare Providers

Dental Providers

For Our Children's Dentists and Healthcare Providers MNVAC